What is Ransomware and How to remove it using Quick Heal?

Ransomware is called so, because it holds the victim’s computer hostage in return for money (ransom) from the user. This post tells you about ransomware, and how Quick Heal helps you deal with it.

What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a sophisticated malware. It hijacks the victim’s system and renders it nonfunctional. The malware prevents the user from using any applications or even accessing the operating system itself, until the victim agrees to pay a certain amount of money.

Ransomwares usually spread via infected software programs, malicious websites, and infected email attachments.

One type of ransomware, after infecting the victim’s computer, begins to encrypt the system’s data. To put it in another way, the malware kidnaps the data. Thereafter, the malware artist demands money in exchange for decrypting the data.

Some strains of ransomware only display a banner on the victim’s system. The banner claims that the government law-enforcement agency has fined the user for being associated with or performing illegal activities on the Internet such as:

1. Copyright infringement

2. Pornography

3. Child Pornography

4. Promoting terrorism

6. Gambling

Here are some examples:

[Note: click the images for an enlarged view.]

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Precautionary Measures against Ransomwares

1. Keep your operating system/browser/plug-ins up-to-date with security patches and updates.

2. Use a multi-layered and reliable security software for your machine; keep it updated.

3. Ignore any unexpected or unsolicited mails, or any mail from sources you do not recognize.

4. Use Quick Heal for Autorun protection, so that no malware gets executed automatically through infected removable drives.

5. Keep your system’s restore point up-to-date; this makes it easier to remove malware if you just go back to an earlier, malware-free state.

How to remove Ransomware using Quick Heal?

A. Obtain an Emergency CD/Pen Dive

For this, as your machine is already infected by a ransomware, you would need another system where Quick Heal is installed and has the latest security updates.

Follow these steps to create an emergency CD/Pen Drive:

1. Open the dashboard of Quick Heal.

Go to Start-> Programs -> Quick Heal XXXX XXXX -> Quick Heal XXXX XXXX

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2. Click Tools; present at the top-right corner of the Quick Heal dashboard

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3. Thereafter, click Create Emergency Disk

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4. Follow the subsequent instructions to create the Emergency Disk

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B. Perform Emergency Scan on the Infected System

1. Once the Emergency CD/Pen Drive is created, boot the disk rather than your affected system’s operating system. (Depending on your Operating System, switch on the infected machine, hit F8 or F7 before the Windows Logo pops up). Follow these steps:

a. Change the booting sequence from the Bios menu

b. Change the boot device priority to pen drive or cd drive

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2. Once it begins booting, you should see Quick Heal emergency Scan Disk in action cleaning the infection from the system.

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3. Once the scan is complete, your system will restart. Thereafter, follow these steps:

a. Change the booting sequence from the Bios menu

b. Change the boot device priority to Hard Disk Drive

4. If your system boots correctly, we advise you to run a Full System Scan of the system to remove footprints of any remaining ransomware, if any.

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To conclude with a last piece of advice, paying the “fine (ransom)” will not necessarily return your computer to its normal state. We strongly advise our readers not to pay heed to such scams. Remember, with ransomwares, the threat of prosecution does not come from legitimate authorities.

Rajiv Singha

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Hrushi Sonar
Hrushi Sonar
7 years ago

Thank you Rajib sir, and info of Ransomwares is really good and very use-full.

Regards,
Hrushi Sonar.

AMRIT KHOUND
AMRIT KHOUND
7 years ago

Respected Quick Heal You Are Rocking always

Saurav Malviya
Saurav Malviya
7 years ago

Thanks for detailed info of Ransomware its really good and very helpful.

Regards,
Saurav Malviya.

Jayant Babar
Jayant Babar
7 years ago

Thanks for the detailed information and solution provided.

dr,r.h.gobbur.
dr,r.h.gobbur.
7 years ago

An I opener for novices like us.Useful blog indeed.

Digital Gowda
Digital Gowda
7 years ago

Really new type of cyber crime or terrorism, people should be educated in this. The above article is really usefull

MANOJ DESAI
MANOJ DESAI
7 years ago

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Davda Nitesh
Davda Nitesh
7 years ago

Very good useful information.

Thanks a Lot.

Saikat Gupta
Saikat Gupta
7 years ago

It’s really a useful post. Thanks rajib for the valuable information.

Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singh
7 years ago

Thank you sir for this valuable information 🙂

SHEKHAR
SHEKHAR
7 years ago

It’s really very useful!
Forewarned is fore-alarmed always!
thank you very much.
I have one question. i receive a message about code ndls. I suspect this to be a virus. please guide.
thank you,
mr. shekhar

Sharad Phadke
Sharad Phadke
7 years ago

Two days back while replying email through “Thunderbird” all of a sudden my inbox of gmail was deleted.
Is this some sort of malware?

CA BIMAL AGARWALLA, CUTTACK
CA BIMAL AGARWALLA, CUTTACK
7 years ago

REALLY A USEFUL TOOL TO OVERCOME THE EMERGENCY SITUATION

Soumya Kanti Mitra
Soumya Kanti Mitra
7 years ago

Thanks for a Great New topic…

Rishi
Rishi
7 years ago

Thnkqsss for this useful info. Now I know, how to deal with Ransomwares.

Madhur
Madhur
7 years ago

dear sir i have tried your suggested way but i am not successful in process
if i require you help how can you help me
my mail id given in previous dilog box.
thanks
madhur patel

ravinder
ravinder
7 years ago

very informative.thanq QH

satish
satish
7 years ago

Thank you Rajib sir, and info of Ransomwares is really good and very use-full.

Regards
satish trivedi

suresh dharma bhoir
suresh dharma bhoir
7 years ago

Thanks for providing important information about Ransom ware

Rajesh Menon
Rajesh Menon
7 years ago

Thank You Very Much For This Information __/__

vinod kumar pandey
vinod kumar pandey
7 years ago

does ransomware will affect those consumer also who are already having quickheal total security antiviruse software installed in it. if yes then how it should be removed.

MAHESH DASWANI
MAHESH DASWANI
7 years ago

Thank you so much for this information. It is really helpful. I will be careful and if God forbids then will follow this to get back.
Regards, Mahesh

P B Kakathkar
P B Kakathkar
7 years ago

Sir, This is very useful and important information. Thank you.

Ashish KOlarkar
Ashish KOlarkar
7 years ago

A very good post and timely information

Satadal Guru
Satadal Guru
7 years ago

Very good information. I don’t know about that malware but now i know, Thanks very much.

Dr. A.S. Devakumar
Dr. A.S. Devakumar
7 years ago

Thanks very much for the information

mohankumar
mohankumar
7 years ago

very useful info

Bhavesh Sharma
Bhavesh Sharma
7 years ago

Thank You Very Much…
QH you are great

vips
vips
7 years ago

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Ashish Rane
Ashish Rane
7 years ago

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Abdulmanan Khatri
Abdulmanan Khatri
7 years ago

Great news for helps and protect our data…. It is real security… I♥QuickHeal…

Ritesh
Ritesh
7 years ago

Thank U for the information……

asoke kumar mitra
asoke kumar mitra
7 years ago

very useful information, it must be notified in press..

shreem jain
shreem jain
7 years ago

thanks for this info thanq so so so much…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
7 years ago

I’m really grateful for the advice

sreyashi B.
sreyashi B.
7 years ago

verymuch helpful blog posted !thankyou.

aman
aman
7 years ago

I paid for full verious then my mobile said this key is not valid nd i m try num then say this num is not valid please check the num.

ATUL KUMAR VARMA
ATUL KUMAR VARMA
7 years ago

Thank you. It has made me more alert against ransom ware notifications.

ATUL KUMAR VARMA
ATUL KUMAR VARMA
7 years ago

thank you for valuable information.

DR.M.M.Karva
DR.M.M.Karva
7 years ago

Nice & imp.information! Thanks a lot!

Narayan
Narayan
7 years ago

Very useful advice and with clear and easy instructions. Thanks.

S.N.Mishra
S.N.Mishra
7 years ago

Thank you very much for providing such useful information. Thank You again.

Javed Hashmi
Javed Hashmi
7 years ago

Thanks for this useful information

S.M. ZAHID NAQVI
S.M. ZAHID NAQVI
7 years ago

Thanx, for valuable information.

Education
Education
7 years ago

Thanks, information well noted.
Really helpful.

SUTANU MUKHERJEE
SUTANU MUKHERJEE
7 years ago

Thanks a lot Rajib. It was compleatly unknown to me. I think it is a most dangerous malware I ever hard.

narendra
narendra
7 years ago

this app is really awesome

narendra
narendra
7 years ago

awesome antivirus

Dr. S.N.TYAGI
Dr. S.N.TYAGI
7 years ago

Thanks for this useful information

AS
AS
7 years ago

Good, valuable information

Birender Kumar Sharma
Birender Kumar Sharma
7 years ago

very helpful information…………thanks

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